EF’s Team Members are Experts in Senior Living

Our principals and staff have outstanding reputations and hundreds of years’ combined experience advising, operating and owning senior care facilities.  We’ve helped over a hundred facilities with administrative, clinical, back office and financial support.

Bob Eisenstein, LNHA, LICSW

Founding Partner, EF, LLC
President, EF & Associates, LLC

Bob’s Bio

Bob Eisenstein’s adult life has been spent caring for the physical and mental wellbeing of others. In addition to being a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 1990, Bob earned two Masters’ degrees in Social Work and in Public Health from Columbia University, and has been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts since 1995.

Bob has experience in a variety of settings including mental health centers, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and senior living communities. He was recognized as the MASS-ALA “Executive Director of the Year” and serves on the Board of the Long Term Care Finance Association.

In addition to strong management, clinical and social work skills, Bob has a passion for teaching and serves as an adjunct professor at both Fisher College and Quincy College.

Bob combines professional excellence with an open, caring demeanor that brings out the best in staff, connects with residents, and builds sustainable excellence in the facilities where he’s served.

If you’re facing challenges with your culture, your caregiving, or your compliance, give Bob a call. He’s ready to listen.

Patrick Flaherty

Founding Partner, EF, LLC
President, EF Ally, LLC

Patrick’s Bio

Patrick Flaherty stands above the crowd. And if you’ve met Patrick, at 6’9” tall, you know we mean this literally.

But we also mean this figuratively. After captaining the Brown University basketball team, Patrick worked at several technology companies after graduation. Patrick then decided he wanted to make a more direct impact on those in need, so he started a home health care business that has grown to 150 caregivers who’ve helped hundreds of individuals and their families during some of the most vulnerable times in their lives.

But Patrick didn’t stop there. When Patrick met Bob Eisenstein and Matt Muratore, he identified people who shared his work ethic and ethos about being caregivers first, and business people second. Together, they launched Eisenstein Flaherty & Associates with the goal of helping senior care facilities deliver better care to as many residents as possible. And they’ve succeeded. Since 2018, they’ve consulted with over 100 facilities in Massachusetts helping them improve clinical outcomes while strengthening their bottom lines.

And Patrick’s commitment to the community is as big as he is. In addition to running two successful businesses, in 2019, he ran for and was elected to the Plymouth, MA Select Board where he still serves today.

So if you’re responsible for operating a senior care facility and need some help, don’t hesitate to give Patrick a call. He’ll be more than happy to look over your shoulder and give you some helpful advice.

Matt Muratore, LNHA

Founding Partner, EF, LLC
President EF Investment Company, LLC

Matt’s Bio

Matt Muratore started working in a skilled nursing home when he was still in high school and continued working in senior care facilities throughout college. He became a licensed nursing home administrator in 1991. For the past 30 years, Matt has dedicated this professional life to improving the quality of life for residents of senior care facilities across Massachusetts including executive roles in over a dozen facilities.

Matt’s commitment to service extended beyond caregiving into public service in 2010 when he was elected to the Plymouth, MA Select Board. In 2014, Matt was elected as the State Representative from First Plymouth District, a position he still holds today.

As the only elected Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State Legislature, Matt makes sure the voices of the vulnerable and those committed to serving them are heard at the highest levels of state government. Matt was appointed to serve on the 2019-2020 Massachusetts Nursing Facility Task Force that is helping to shape the future of senior care in the Commonwealth.

So if you’re looking for someone who operates at the nexus of high quality care, outstanding facility operations, and an understanding of the government’s role in supporting these outcomes, give Matt a call. No matter where you live in the State, Matt’s committed to helping you.

Mike Nickolaus, MBA

Partner & Chief Executive Officer
EF, LLC

Mike’s Bio

Mike Nickolaus is a seasoned executive with over three decades’ experience operating businesses serving regulated industries and the public sector. His management roles stretch from start-ups, through small and mid-size companies, to divisions of multi-billion dollar corporations. And through it all, he’s learned to value and develop team players.

Mike’s experience growing businesses includes marketing & business development, mergers and acquisitions, revenue enhancement strategies, contract negotiations, and operations management.

He’s successfully grown companies through all stages of their business lifecycle by designing and executing creative approaches, developing innovative technology solutions, and building talented, high-performing teams.

So if your team needs strengthening, don’t hesitate to contact Mike. He and his EF colleagues would love to help.

Karen Bain, RN, BS

Chief Nursing Officer
EF, LLC

Karen’s Bio

Karen Bain’s passions are caregiving and educating. A Registered Nurse since 1993, she spent 10 years as a health instructor and school nurse at various secondary and elementary schools. Today, she’s a Certified Infection Control Preventionist, an American Heart Association Instructor, a frequent presenter at industry forums, and oversees a team of Nurses at Eisenstein Flaherty who help our clients deliver outstanding care.

Her professional accomplishments and growth are equally easy to see. In 2008, she started as a nurse at an Assisted Living Facility and, over the next 11 years, was promoted to Resident Care Director, selected as the organization’s “Outstanding Manager of the Year”, promoted to Regional Director for Resident Care for 28 facilities, and finally promoted to Vice President where she managed a team of six Regional Directors of Resident Care, six Clinical Nurse Specialists and a Corporate Director of Memory Care.

Now, as EF’s Chief Nursing Officer, her commitment to continuous development in herself and her staff helps dozens of organizations with whom she now works. If you’d like to join that list of facilities benefitting from Karen’s compassion and competence, give her a call. She’d love to hear from you.

Joseph Veno

President
EF Senior Living Management, LLC

Joseph’s Bio

Before Joe Veno graduated high school, he’d already held numerous positions in skilled nursing facilities starting as a dietary aide, then a cook, then in housekeeping and maintenance, and finally as a ward clerk. So you know that he has been committed to caring for elders and other vulnerable residents for most of his life. He later served as a supply coordinator, an assistant administrator and, in 1996 when he graduated from college, he was licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in Massachusetts. Since then he’s served as the permanent or interim administrator in over a dozen skilled nursing facilities. The hallmark of Joe’s professional career has been a commitment to delivering outstanding care. Joe believes that high quality care is the purpose of our industry and the foundation of any financially sound operation. This belief led him to found and operate his own nursing home management company for 11 years.

Joe joined our team in 2020 because he recognized a set of values in the EF principals that aligned with his own, and he saw an organization with the breadth and resources to help more facilities deliver better care for more residents across Massachusetts. Joe’s not afraid to jump into challenging situations, roll up his sleeves, and work around the clock with our clients to ensure high quality care. And he does this with humor, candor, and passion, as his many trusted clients will gladly attest.

So if you’re experiencing a crisis or want to avoid one, give Joe a call. When you’re done working with him, you won’t just have solved a problem and gained a professional colleague, you’ll have made a friend.

Jennifer Cook

VP of Finance
EF, LLC

Jen’s Bio

Jen Cook is the unsung hero in every senior living organization where she’s worked. While front-line workers are the critical face to the residents, their families and the community, a smooth, efficient, and compliant back-office operation is essential for financial stability. From knowing the ins-and-outs of the everchanging reimbursement rules, to staying on top of reporting requirements and deadlines, to tracking KPIs, to preparing accurate financial reports, Jen handles all of this so that you can sleep well at night knowing every dollar and report is being tracked.

So if IRS 990 filings, MMQ documentation, MDS preparation, PDPM analysis, IPA submissions, DCC-Q, PBJ submissions, CHIA, Casper reports and VBP data make your head spin, feel free to reach out to Jen. Whether you run a single building, several facilities, or a corporate portfolio, let Jen be your unsung hero, too.